(From www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23407349 )
May 23, 2004: Failed to protect staff at Compton from airborne particles that can trigger asthma. Dec 12, 2006: Failed to protect staff and visitors from "substances hazardous to health" - including the Legionnaires' Disease bacteria at Compton. Ordered to improve safety standards Feb 1, 2007: Had a faulty biosecurity system. Ordered to immediately halt experiments at Compton involving TBinfected cattle. Feb 6, 2007: Warned after an "unauthorised" pesticide, Hycolin, was discovered being used at Compton. Feb 28, 2007: Failed to protect staff from exposure to potentially deadly asbestos dust at Pirbright.
The most serious of the breaches involved the isolation unit used for experiments on TB-infected cattle.
In order to stop viruses escaping, scientists are supposed to ensure that air pressure in the unit is lower than the outside world. However, a routine inspection by the HSE found the air pressure system had failed, and ordered the experiments to end immediately.
An identical error at Pirbright could have released foot and mouth into the atmosphere.."
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